High Country News March 25, 1991
... to read the essays, news stories and other articles in the issue, including the sampling below
In 45 years of bomb production at Hanford, nuclear wastes have escaped into the environment from plant stacks, leaking tanks, ditches and deep injection wells. Contaminated groundwater is now reaching the Columbia River on the reservation's northern and eastern perimeters.
Yucca Mountain may one day be home to the nation's most deadly garbage -- highly radioactive spent reactor fuel rods and other detritus of the nation's 40-year experiment with nuclear power.
When I went for the interview at Rocky Flats, after the first screening by the temporary agency, it was a bleak, gray, snowy day ...